Mark Pilgrim, a high-profile blogger and life-long Mac user who recently caused a few ripples by switching to Ubuntu Linux
, has written a nice list of essential software for Linux
. Since he's coming from the land of iTunes, iPhoto, and Mail.app, the list is skewed toward Linux apps that replace (or at least approximate) their OS X counterparts. Pilgrim's picks include digiKam
for photo management, amaroK
for music, and KMyMoney
("like Quicken without the monopolistic dickwads"). However, there's a few apps he hasn't found an equivalent for, namely iMovie and Quicksilver ("Damn. I miss Quicksilver."). Head over to Dive Into Mark
for the complete list.
In other news another notable Mac user, Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow, is also about to make the Mac-to-Linux switch
. I'm with Jason Kottke
, who says, "If I were Apple, I'd be worried about this."